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Old 04-24-2008, 10:01 PM   #1
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For a person who has never turkey hunted and has no clue where the turkeys are, How would a person find them? Do you just hike until you find where they are hanging out?
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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are you hunting on private property or public land?
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Default pre season Scouting!!!!!!!!!!!

Theres turkeys all over the place,but you really need to scout it out first or its a waste of time,(i made that mistake)no different than hunting any other game animal.you have to know where they are period....their patterns......and your surounding area.you can sit all day where they arent or all day where the birds are...........On public land or private it doesnt matter.....good luck iam sure others will chime in with more under their belt than me.............
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knowing that they are there to begin with helps! But I know where a whole mess of turkeys roost and I still never get one
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knowing that they are there to begin with helps! But I know where a whole mess of turkeys roost and I still never get one

Maybe I should take you some time. I think you are a nice guy, but not real brilliant. I could probably teach you a thing or 20.
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Maybe I should take you some time. I think you are a nice guy, but not real brilliant. I could probably teach you a thing or 20.
DUDE, you have never been before.....your the UNBRILLIANT one.......
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DUDE, you have never been before.....your the UNBRILLIANT one.......
Dude, I'm a redneck. You city boys would have to hunt for 2 years until you figure out your ass from your ground blind. Me, if I spend 10 minutes in the turkey woods, I know it all. Not that much different than deer really, they are just smaller and respond to different sounds.
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are you hunting on private property or public land?
I'm not, I was just wondering
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I'm not, I was just wondering
Get a hoot owl call, go out in the woods about 15 minutes before dark when they are flying up to the roost. Blow the call right at dark, where they gobble from is where they will be flying down from the roost (9/10 times) first thing in the morning. Its hard to call them at first light but if you are lucky enough, they will come across your path. Later in the day, when the hens go to sit on their eggs, the flock busts up and you have a better chance of calling a lonely gobbler.
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Get a hoot owl call, go out in the woods about 15 minutes before dark when they are flying up to the roost. Blow the call right at dark, where they gobble from is where they will be flying down from the roost (9/10 times) first thing in the morning. Its hard to call them at first light but if you are lucky enough, they will come across your path. Later in the day, when the hens go to sit on their eggs, the flock busts up and you have a better chance of calling a lonely gobbler.
where did you READ this at, greenhorn.
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I will pay you to shut up. How much do you need? $200?
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stop telling slippy's secrets........
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where did you READ this at, greenhorn.
This is the paraphrased version of what kbohunt posted in Chris's turkey hunting thread.....
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The hens here are not on the nest yet
there still ganged up...ya got to wait it out a week or too if its been cold where you are.
if you can hunt all day in your state like here mid-day is better right now if its still cool..like 50degrees the hens have to be on the nest.

If your new at turkey hunting and dont understand
1: hens lay 1 egg a day like chickens in a nest where gobblers cant find it
If he does he will bust it up....why ..he wants to mate all the time.
2:after laying about 12-24 eggs she will go to setting and will leave the gobbler..he cant mate so he gets blood in his head and walks around the woods yelling
Thats an easy way to put it.
Turkeys and chickens are the same..
In a chicken yard the roster mates every day with a few hens and normaly
we get the eggs in the morning so the hen never stops laying
but if you leave them in the barn or what ever the hen will stop and set on them and the roster will go crazy....thats the same thing that happens in the woods..
O and on calling and set-up...hen and jake no big fanned out bird right now maybe later..when there really going crazy
Locate them with the --barred owl--in the dark and get under them..thats what i do..tree-yelp...purrr...on the limb to let them know your there...
after there down..cackle and push-pin at the same time...thats what i do
and i have called in alot of birds for alot of people...
anything else just ask
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My best advice; Trial and error.
Chippy made that up himself. I didn't steal my material Morgan.
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Chippy made that up himself. I didn't steal my material Morgan.
Dude....you got your blind set up in a residential "hood".....you didn't make that up youself.....
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LOL...whether he made it up or not, he is correct. My problem is getting them to come to me once they hit the ground! I know exactly where they roost and I can get them to gobble, but our turkeys are just flat out lazy! I don't give up easy though and will be back in the woods next weekend. Anybody ever hear that it is hard to get a turkey to come down hill? Or across a creek?
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LOL...whether he made it up or not, he is correct. My problem is getting them to come to me once they hit the ground! I know exactly where they roost and I can get them to gobble, but our turkeys are just flat out lazy! I don't give up easy though and will be back in the woods next weekend. Anybody ever hear that it is hard to get a turkey to come down hill? Or across a creek?
YUP, can be almost impossible
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YUP, can be almost impossible
We had 2 Tom's gobbling their heads off a few weeks ago, but they just would NOT come down the hill to take a broadhead in the piehole...I couldn't figure out why
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LOL...whether he made it up or not, he is correct. My problem is getting them to come to me once they hit the ground! I know exactly where they roost and I can get them to gobble, but our turkeys are just flat out lazy! I don't give up easy though and will be back in the woods next weekend. Anybody ever hear that it is hard to get a turkey to come down hill? Or across a creek?
Fences, creeks, ditches, logs, tree shadows.......it's a good thing they are so nervous and jittery because the are dumber than a bag of rocks.....
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Fences, creeks, ditches, logs, tree shadows.......it's a good thing they are so nervous and jittery because the are dumber than a bag of rocks.....
So if they are dumber than a bag of rocks......and I have been hunting them for 3 years.....and we have plenty of birds.....and I have yet to kill one....

That makes me....
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So if they are dumber than a bag of rocks......and I have been hunting them for 3 years.....and we have plenty of birds.....and I have yet to kill one....

That makes me....

Unlucky.....that's all. Their timidness and general all around cowardice makes them hard to get to. I haven't killed one either in 3 years....So what ever you are...I am too.....
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Double it and I will not stop.
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What are you trying to say there...bunny lover????
thats your come back??? I feel a little guilty, responding to this.....

I am just saying........
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The easiest turkey hunt I've ever had was with a conservation agent buddy in Missouri. He knew the area and was an amazing...if not "odd" hunter. We just jogged along ridges where he knew them to be and found the flock before it broke up....but just as it started to disperse a bit. They were in a sunny clearing in the woods and when he spotted the first naked head we dropped and quietly crawled into range using a line of cedars for cover. The tall grass also covered our approach.

Once within shotgun range (4-10) we counted down...popped up and shot one each. I would have NEVER guessed that would work after countless failed attempts using blinds, calls, decoys, etc.

I think the key in this case is that he knew the birds well...and used to scout the area for any game he could spot year around. Maybe they were used to him?

If you're close to the area...I'd say just get out and do lots of scouting. You know the animal and the area...you'll have much more success and have to rely on "luck" much less.
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Not where I was, had 2 does walk straight in on me, at about 15yds - one of them figures out there's something there and does the stomp/blow routine (the 2nd one never did anything) but the dumb animals won't leave, they just mill around with the one blowing every so often, she then walks to about 10yds off my right shoulder and this time starts blowing at my decoys, I'm really getting now. Finally the stupid creatures depart and the next things to appear are a pair of yotes just a little too far off to hit with a 12GA turkey load. Can't call a tom just stinking yotes! After that I decided to forget it for the day.
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Not where I was, had 2 does walk straight in on me, at about 15yds - one of them figures out there's something there and does the stomp/blow routine (the 2nd one never did anything) but the dumb animals won't leave, they just mill around with the one blowing every so often, she then walks to about 10yds off my right shoulder and this time starts blowing at my decoys, I'm really getting now. Finally the stupid creatures depart and the next things to appear are a pair of yotes just a little too far off to hit with a 12GA turkey load. Can't call a tom just stinking yotes! After that I decided to forget it for the day.
Coyotes are never too far off. I would take pop shots at them 150 yards away. If theres a way to wound them I would.

Yah, funny how the animals all look out for eachother. id'nt it?
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If you want to know about turkeys in your area
or the area that you want to hunt..go on the web
To your Game department in your area for public land and in the listing
It should tell you about the deer & Turkey..Population
Thats what i do first.On land ive never hunted before.
Consentrate down to the largest consentration of birds in that area
and go there..like a game preserve or wild-life management area.
Then buy you 2 locator call's...a Barred owl & a crow call
Use the Barred owl late in the evening right at dark and the crow in the morning after light and all day until birds roast then switch to the owl.
If i were there i could find them..ive heard turkey's arnt as plentyful on the west coast as they are over here on the east coast
We have it made when it comes to turkey and deer for population's
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If you were in NC I would recommend anywhere in the woods between Little Washington and Plymouth...
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